Aid for Ukraine’s $54M crypto fund buys vests, scopes, and UAVs

The crypto community has poured in an impressive $54 million worth of crypto funds through “Aid For Ukraine,” aimed at supporting the country’s military efforts against Russia, the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister has revealed.  The $54 million has been funneled in through the Ukrainian government-run initiative ‘Aid For Ukraine’, according to Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov’s Twitter post on Thursday, who thanked the crypto community for their support: “Every helmet, bulletproof vest, and night vision device save the lives of Ukrainian soldiers. Thus, we must continue to support our…

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Quebec Pension Fund loses almost entirety of its Celsius investment in less than ten months

According to local news outlet LaPresse on Wednesday, the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), an institutional investor chartered with managing retirement assets in Canada’s predominantly French-speaking province of Quebec, wrote off almost the entirety of its CA$200 million ($154.7 million) investment in troubled cryptocurrency lender Celsius Network.  The move came just ten months after the CDPQ and growth equity firm WestCap made a joint investment of $400 million into Celsius at a valuation of $3 billion. At that time, Celsius boasted over 1,000 employees, $25 billion in…

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Blockchain VC Shima Capital debuts with $200M Web3 fund

Shima Capital, a new venture firm focused on early-stage blockchain projects, has launched its debut fund to support emerging digital asset companies — and has received considerable backing in doing so. The Shima Capital Fund I raised a combined $200 million from several high-profile crypto investors, including Dragonfly Capital, Animoca Brands and OKX, the company announced Wednesday. The fund is set to deploy between $500,000 and $2 million in pre-seed funding for crypto- and blockchain-focused companies at the intersection of consumer products, decentralized infrastructure and futuristic blockchain technology. In particular,…

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CoinFund launches $300M early-stage Web3 venture fund

Blockchain venture firm CoinFund has launched a new investment fund devoted to Web3 and other crypto-focused startups, opening the door to fresh funding opportunities for entrepreneurs during the bear market.  The newly launched CoinFund Ventures I will invest $300 million into early-stage companies at the intersection of Web3, cryptocurrency and other blockchain sub-sectors, the company announced Wednesday. The new fund was financed by a combination of institutional investors, family offices and cryptocurrency entrepreneurs.  CoinFund Ventures I is more than three times bigger than the firm’s 2021 crypto startup fund, which…

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Crypto-focused venture firm Dragonfly acquires hedge fund: Bloomberg

Cryptocurrency venture firm Dragonfly has acquired a digital asset-focused investment fund for an undisclosed amount — a move that managing partner Haseeb Qureshi said mirrors the broad consolidation trend underway in the industry.  Bloomberg reported Monday that Dragonfly purchased MetaStable Capital, a hedge fund co-founded by Naval Ravkiant in 2014, for an undisclosed sum. In doing so, Dragonfly dropped the word “Capital” from its name and underwent a complete rebranding to reflect its growing mandate in the digital asset space. Qureshi told Bloomberg that his firm is “committing to our…

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Tornado Cash community fund multi-signature wallet disbands amid sanctions

Following the sanctions placed by the United States on USD Coin (USDC) and Ethereum (ETH) addresses associated with the crypto mixer Tornado Cash (TORN), the signatories of the projects’ multi-signature community fund disbanded.  In 2021, the Tornado Cash community created a fund to provide incentives to key contributors to the project. The fund was held in a community-managed multi-signature wallet with five peer-elected members validating transactions who were selected because of their contributions to the project. However, as interacting with Tornado Cash started to come with more risks, with penalties…

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BlackRock Bitcoin fund launch sends BTC price towards $25K

Bitcoin (BTC) continued towards $25,000 on the Aug. 11 Wall Street open amid news that the world’s largest asset manager had launched a BTC product. BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView Silbert on BlackRock: “Here comes Wall Street” Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView followed BTC/USD as it spike to $24,921 on Bitstamp as United States stocks trading got underway. While going on to consolidate slightly below the highs, the pair inspired confidence in market sentiment, with popular crypto industry figures already seeing positive implications of the BlackRock move.…

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Hedge fund billionaire Steve Cohen exits crypto startup Radkl amid bear market: Report

Steve Cohen, the founder of hedge fund Point72 Asset Management, has reportedly exited his investment in crypto trading firm Radkl. According to a Tuesday report from Bloomberg citing a Radkl spokesperson, Cohen has reduced his exposure to crypto investments following his exiting the trading firm. However, the spokesperson reportedly said Radkl was still “extremely well capitalized with its current investors” and was continuing to grow. Cohen, whose net worth was estimated at more than $17 billion, has backed crypto and blockchain projects both using his personal portfolio and through Point72.…

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$200M BitGet BTC-USDT protection fund hints at investor-centric trend

With the ultimate goal to regain investor confidence amid a prolonged bear market, crypto derivatives exchange Bitget launched a $200 million fund to safeguard users’ assets. Bitget joins the growing list of crypto companies, such as Binance, that have taken an investor-centric approach to gain investors’ trust via protection funds. The Bitget Protection Fund comprises 6,000 Bitcoin (BTC) and 80 million Tether (USDT), valued at $200 million at the time of writing. Considering the fact that crypto winter currently shows almost no signs of slowing down, Bitget pledged to secure…

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KuCoin CEO Johnny Lyu launches ‘Anti-FUD Fund’

The CEO of crypto exchange KuCoin says it is launching an “Anti-FUD Fund” to track down and potentially take legal action against “FUDers” and educate crypto users on identifying misinformation. Johnny Lyu, CEO of the exchange announced the fund in a July 26 Twitter thread and comes only days after publishing a blog post criticizing Twitter user “Otteroooo” for spreading misinformation about his firm.  (1/5) FUD benefits no one except the FUDers. It misleads investors and harms the industry’s image and market confidence. To build a crypto space with less FUD,…

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